START Online Course is for aspiring Black entrepreneurs or early-stage founders with entrepreneurial ambition and/or potential scalable product or service ideas for a target market. The program allows entrepreneurs to build skills, competencies and confidence to establish their businesses successfully.
The START online learning platform is FREE for all Black entrepreneurs. This online course helps you build the skills and confidence to position your business for success alongside other Black founders.
START Online Course lesson topics:
1. Starting a Business
Facilitated by Nico Jones and Natalie Frederick-Wilson
Learn essential business concepts and get practical tips like how and when to register your business. Receive insider tips on tools, methods and best practices to start a business in this session.
2. Solving Customer Needs
Facilitated by Amoye Henry and Laurissa Manning
Learn about the roadmap of a business and the necessity of knowing your purpose in connecting with customers. Receive support in building your Lean Business Canvas, a one-page business plan.
3. Building Your MVP
Facilitated by Olu Osunrinde and Matt Cooper
Learn how to use the problem-hypothesis template, do customer discovery and validation, and engage a supportive skills-aligned team. Get hands-on support to add your products or services to the Tribe Network marketplace.
4. Reaching Your Customers
Facilitated by Andréa Jones
Sharpen your social media marketing skills and learn how to tailor your marketing and branding efforts to reach your customers better. Learn how to build a social media strategy you’ll actually stick with.
5. Accessing Funding
Facilitated by Dan Oshodin
Join us to learn about the various forms of non-dilutive funding available to incorporated and unincorporated businesses at any stage. We’ll focus both on non-dilutive repayable financing and non-repayable funding opportunities.
Weekly mentorship with Black mentors
Join small mentorship sessions to dive deeper into specific business problems and receive tactics from our Black expert mentors. Black business mentors with lived experience are available every week to support you with your business development and obstacles, build accountability, and provide encouragement and guidance.
Each mentor is available for an hour per week; make sure to book your time early as space is limited